11 user 7 critic

From Headquarters (1933)

When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's up to detective Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates.


William Dieterle


Robert N. Lee (screen play), Peter Milne (screen play) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A hospital nurse is recruited by the police to watch a household where a suspicious death has occurred.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joan Blondell, George Brent, Ruth Hall
Black Moon (1934)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Dorothy Burgess
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An errant husband wants to return to his wife.

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: Belle Bennett, John Halliday, Dorothy Burgess
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot
Night Flight (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An out-of-work husband (Norman Foster) resents his wife (Loretta Young) being the breadwinner in the family.

Director: Thornton Freeland
Stars: Loretta Young, Norman Foster, Aline MacMahon
Lawyer Man (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A socialite gets a divorce but can't keep out of her ex-husband's life.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Bette Davis
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Adolphe Menjou
The Keyhole (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Anne Brooks is being blackmailed by her old dancing partner Maurice. They married when she was young but broke up after which he said he was getting a quickie divorce. Anne married the much... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Glenda Farrell
Lilly Turner (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A carnival magician deserts his wife when he finds out she's pregnant. She then marries the carnival's barker, but finds herself attracted to a young engineer.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Frank McHugh


Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... Lieut. J. Stevens
Margaret Lindsay ... Lou Winton
Eugene Pallette ... Sgt. Boggs
Robert Barrat ... Ander E. Anderzian
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Donnelly
Hugh Herbert ... Manny Wales
Dorothy Burgess ... Dolly White
Theodore Newton ... Jack Winton
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Muggs Manton
Ken Murray ... Mac
Murray Kinnell ... Horton
Edward Ellis ... Dr. Van de Water
Kenneth Thomson ... Gordon Bates


A wealthy Broadway playboy is found dead. He was actually a vicious blackmailer. It's up to police lieutenant Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates like the cocaine addict Dolly White. And Stevens has a love-affair with Lou Ann Winton, who may or may not be mixed up in the murder. Written by Robert

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Mystery | Drama


TV-G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

16 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rastro Invisível See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


In the opening scenes, fingerprints are being rolled onto a fingerprint card and the card then removed. That is wrong in that the prints were rolled properly but prints were left off. On the bottom of the card on the right, flats are taken of the right fingers and the flat of the thumb is taken. The same is done for the left four and the thumb. This card would have been rejected as being incomplete. Three cards are usually done. One for the city police records, one for the state, and one for the FBI records. See more »


Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Whistled by the policeman as he walks up the stairs
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Energized B holds its own.
21 March 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

From Headquarters is a rather contrived and convoluted murder mystery but its brisk running time of 64 minutes and economic cross cut editing give the film more of a vitality than one would expect with the stolid George Brent in the lead. Clichés abound but a gallows humor among the precinct set nullifies them much of the time as the cops turn the screws on the suspects and the supporting cast steals most of the film.

It's another day down at headquarters of processing common criminals and chasing leads while reporters slovenly lie about waiting for a big story which comes in the way of the murder of a lecherous, blackmailer. Detectives Stevens (Brent) and Boggs (Eugene Palette) are given the case but approach it differently. Forensics meanwhile jumps into high gear gathering evidence through devious means and the killer as well as the victim remains in doubt until the final moments.

With the exception of the retiring Brent From Headquarters entire cast plays it broad and over the top. Margaret Lindsay's suspect and also the ex of Steven's divides her time between being stilted and hysterical while Palette's Sgt. Boggs spends the entire film lunging like a mad bulldog at all the suspects. In the same respect Hugh Herbert's overzealous bail bondsman, Robert Barrat's unctuous rug dealer and Edward Ellis's dark humored pathologist fit well into the spirit of the film.

Director William Dieterle and cameraman William Rees provide a decent look and rhythm to From Headquarters most of the way evoking in moments comparison to His Girl Friday and The Detective Story but its incredulous story line can only elevate it at best to a decent Charlie Chan.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed